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    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Elfrid Payton's Message to Filipino Ballers at JR. NBA National Training Camp 2017

    BallersPinas with Orlando Magic Pointguard Elfrid Payton

    Elfrid Payton was the recipient of the Orlando Magic's 2016-2017 Community Service Award. He has served the community many times such organizing a 10-week arts program for local fifth-graders to increase their knowledge of dance, music, painting and poetry. He has hosted “Elf’s Toy Workshop,” which gave toys and books to 100 children and families at Christmastime (Orlando Sentinel) .

    Payton also donated clothing and food to a Louisiana youth basketball player and the player’s family after a flood in Baton Rouge.

    Those were some of Payton’s community service initiatives.

    And he continues to give back this time in the Philippines. He's one of the coaches in the Jr. NBA Training Camp held in Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati.

    The Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska culminates with this National Training Camp, which features the top 37 boys and top 37 girls participating in advanced fundamental skills training and exhibition games. The finalists were selected from Jr. NBA Regional Selection Camps in Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Manila, and Quezon, and from the Alaska Power Camp in Manila.

    The 6'4 Magic point-guard is pumped-up to share his basketball knowledge to the young ballers.

    "I'm excited to visit the Philippines for the first time and experience the country's enthusiastic basketball culture," said Payton. "These young players have worked hard to be a part of this camp, and I can't wait to get on the court with them," he added.

    His message to the young Filipino Ballers is plain and simple but packs a big punch.

    "Work hard. Give it all you got. And it's okay to be nervous," Elfrid said during the event's media availability.

    If these ballers will be able to apply his teachings, I'm sure they will go places.

    The Itinerary:

    Payton is with former WNBA player Sue Wicks to participate in the Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 National Training Camp from May 12 - 13 (at Don Bosco) and on 14 at Mall of Asia Music Hall.

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